“Petro Wodkins turned into the shady luxury consultant Petr Fomin, dressed up accordingly, created a fake web site, business cards and a cell phone, even hired a couple of assistants. After setting up meetings with the art dealers he proposed a very lucrative deal. Five to ten million dollars investment in art, the catch was that the buyer was President Rahmon, one of the worst dictators in the world, oppressing Tajikistan for over 20 years. Tajikistan is one of poorest countries in central Asia, one of the most corrupt countries in the world. The question was if the art dealers were willing to sell art to the dictator, agreeing to be be paid from off-shore accounts, leaving no traces to the dictator and help ship the art in a very discreet way.”
One man’s experience on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Rise of the Art Insta-Collectors: Buying Big Names They Don’t Even Love by Richard Kirshenbaum
The Benjamin by Chris Jones
Unless you’re more of a player than we think you are, that new hundred-dollar bill coming this fall won’t wind up in your pocket very often. But it may be America’s most popular export, the most coveted bill in the world. And the story of the new hundred — still made by hand with ancient tools — is the story of American money itself.
A selection of lots from the ‘Motorcars’ session of Bonham’s Quail Lodge Auction.
How American Rich Kids Bought Their Way Into the British Elite by Angela Serratore
The Poorest Rich Kids in the World by Sabrina Rubin Erdely
Why did the heirs to one of the largest fortunes in America grow up horribly neglected and abused?
The Long Con: How The Manziels Conquered America by Timothy Burke